A POEM FOR MOM

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I had lost my Mother on Dec. 22nd, 2004.  She was born on May 24th, 1919.

At her Funeral I read aloud this Poem for her.

Ever On-ward, Ever Up

Let me Reap and Hold Thy Cup

Where life’s Fertile Rivers Flow

Let Me Reap and Let Me Sow

Help Me Give to God & Man

The Best of All, The Best I Can

                                               Author is Un-known

This is what my Mother was like.  She was always there for me.  Making sure I had nice cloths to wear, food to eat, a education, and teach me right from wrong.  She taught me Manners that most people have forgotten.  I have never forgotten this poem.  It remains in my memory and always will.

Thank You.

NEW SHED IS HERE!

Hello there and welcome back!

If you check back thru my Post’s, I had mentioned that we will be getting a NEW Shed soon, because the other one was falling apart and rotting away.  I had to tear it down.  It was so rotted that it almost fell on me!

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We had gone out and ordered this Shed that is 8′ x 12′ feet from a very reliable business that is well known to do good work and build excellent sheds.  However, we then had to wait about 2 weeks for it to be delivered because of all the rain we’ve had, thus making the ground too soft to support the weight.  It would have messed up the back yard from the weight.  Finially, this morning bright and early, it arrived.  Here I’m showing the tight quarters this fella had to navigate around.  He was darn good at it.

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While we were waiting for the shed to come, I was wondering just how they install it on your property.  I found out.  This shed is heavy and well built.  They are not cheap!  It sat on a trailer that would move back & forth & side to side.  All controlled by a remote piece of equipment that he held in his hand.

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Slowly, ever so slowly, he backed up the trailer to a good position so he could remotly place the shed on the cement slab left over from the old one.  The extensions on the ends of the slab of cement we put there by me, because the shed is a bit bigger than the old one.

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Placing the shed right on center with the remote control.

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Retracting the slide from the trailer.  Just about done.  All he had to do is take a large “crowbar” and move the shed into position.

This operation took about a 1/2 hr. to do!  I could not believe how fast this can be done.  Guess when you’ve done this a hundred times, you get good at it.  Now, that the new shed is in it’s final position, I have more work to do.  Now, I have to place all the “Tools” that I use around the house into it.  Hang new shelving.  Also, build another ramp for the riding lawn mower.  Work never ends when you own a Home.

Thank You.

HARD OVER!

How many of you out there have seen the Movie Titanic?  I’m more than sure that most of you have at one time or another.  Now, I have seen the Movie about 3 times, and there was one thing on the Movie that bothered me for some time.

Remember in the Movie when the Ship was heading on a collision course with a Iceberg, and the OD (Officer of The Deck) gave a Order to the Helsmen “Hard Over?”  I did and this seem’d to bother me a bit.

Reason being is that while serving in the US Navy for 11 yrs. one of my duties aboard ship was be the Helsman (the person who steers the ship on the Bridge).  He has to steer a steady course according to the Bearing given.  If the OD calls for a course change he will say “Right Standard Rudder.  Come to course 152.”  You do what he ordered.  After steady on course, you respond “Steady Course 152, Sir”

Now, in the many times I was the Helmsman, I never ever heard a order given such as “Hard Over.”  Hard Over?  Hard Over to what?  Port or Starboard?  In the Movie, it shows the Helsmen turning the Wheel (Helm) to the left, which is to Port.  How did he know to turn in that direction?

Well, I did find out a answer.  In early day’s when steering a ship, “Hard Over” means turn to Port!  I never knew that!  Now, it is that this Order is not given all that much.  In fact, hardly ever.  This is why I never heard such a Order.  Now, I know.

Thank you.

THE OLD, THE NEW

Took my Pentax K10d out with me just cruising around the back Country Roads looking for some Fall Images that would be interesting to view for my followers.  There was not much right now to be found, I’m sorry to report.  The Fall Season is here, but there is not much in Fall Foliage right now.  It’s a bit spotty.  Some color here, and some there.  Has not gotten up to peak quite yet.

So after wasting some gas on the back country roads, I thought about taking a swing thru my old town of Fleetwood, PA to see if anything was new.  Not really anything.  This old town does not seem to change that much.  So, I ended up at the Fleetwood High School and the idea came to me to show what the “New” High School looks like, compared to what I had more than 50 yrs. ago.

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This is the New Fleetwood High School that was built a number of years ago.  It sure is big, compared to what I had.  I’m more than sure that it is all air-conditioned, and carpeted with all kinds of different colors inside.  Since I just can’t walk into a High School anymore because of Security, I can only imagine what’s there.  There is now a huge Soccer and Football field that is behind the school.  The Field is not grass anymore.  It’s that Astro Turf stuff.  The Track is the same way!  Expensive stuff.  The bleachers are not wood anymore.  They are now Aluminum, but just as hard to sit on.  There are also Tennis Courts in the back.  I sure hope that the younger generation appreciates just what they have compared to what I had.  I’m sure they don’t.  It’s just taken for granted.

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This is what my High School looks like today.  This is the school that I left in 1965 to join the US Navy.  Not much has changed over the years.  It is now used as an Administration Building.  Back in my day, there was no carpet on the floor and no air-conditioning.  Air-conditioning for us was open windows on a warm day.  Most of what you see here were classrooms with the Cafaterier down at the other end.  The street was lined with school buses at the end of the day.  Most walked home, cause of living near-by.  The Tennis Court that is just across the street is now a Parking Lot.  My Track & Field area is off to the right and out of the Image.  It was grass & stone.  You can barely still pick out the Track where I used to run during Gym class, but it’s there if you look close enough.  After taking this Image, with the Sun fading fast, my mind went back in time.  Many memories for me are here.  I can still picture the sidewalk loaded with us teen-agers all glad to be out of school for the day.  Yeah, well.  Time marches on.

Thank You.

SHED IS GONE!

 

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Hello all, and welcome back.

A few years ago, I had made a Post about fixing up the shed that I have in our back yard.  I put some work into this old shed to keep in in good condition.  Here I tried to dress it up a bit to make it look more attractive.

As time went by, I noticed that on the inside the shed was slowly falling apart.  The roof was leaking, supports were rotting away, and some of the wood was just way beyond repair.  There was mildew on some of the wood because of getting wet.  It was at the point that it was getting quite bad.  So, after much consideration, we decided to tear the whole thing down and get a new one that is more modern and built by today’s standards.

It took me a few day’s to knock the whole thing down.  Allot of work to do that!  The ole’ shed was in such bad condition, that it nearly fell on me while working on it!  I was not sure just how to take apart the roof & supports, so after sawing off some key supports, I gave the frame work a mighty shove and it all fell to the ground!  It was a mess to clean up!  All that bad wood had to be loaded into a flat bed trailer and carted off to the recycle place for disposal.  Thank goodness for a Recipting Saw that helped out allot!

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This is all that remains of the ole’ shed.  To make way for the “new shed” we bought one that is a bit bigger than the old one.  That’s what the 4×4 extensions are for on the one end.  Had to fill it with Stone for support.  The other side will have the same thing done.  This may not look like allot of work, but don’t be fooled.  It was back breaking getting all that bad wood hauled away.  I’m not getting any younger!  So now, it is just about ready for the new one.

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This is the “new shed” that will arrive on the 24th of Oct.  It measures 8×12, and is quite roomy inside.  Lot’s of room to store my tools, lawn mower, etc.  Much better than before.  However, these things are not cheap!  If you want good quality workmanship, you have to pay for it.  This was built by a very reputable manufacture in our area.  I don’t want junk.  This one will last past my Lifetime!

Thank You.

AN OLD NAVY BUDDY

For a few weeks now, I have re-connected with an ole’ Navy buddy that I was over in Nam with and we were both aboard the same Destroyer in the Navy for just over 2 years.  I have been talking to him over the cell phone and texting back and forth.  He enformed me that he was going to be down at the Carlisle Fairgrounds for a very large car show where more than 8,000 vendors come in to display their products.  The show lasts until this Saturday.  So, since Carlisle is not that far away from me, I told him that I’d meet him there.  I have not seen John in more than 50 yrs.

So, with that in mind, yesterday morning I took a road trip down to Carlisle to see someone that I’ve not seen in so long.  Carlisle is about a 2 hr. drive from here.  I knew where is was, but not exactly.  Carlisle is located just below Harrisburg, PA.  I’ve passed by it a number of times but never knew there was a Fairgrounds there.  It’s a straight drive South on I-81. Get off the RT11 exit, travel about 3.5 miles and the Fairground is on your right.

Once there I had to locate a parking space!  This place is huge!  Bigger than what I thought.  I had thought in my mind’s eye that it would be just a few acres of tents and cars, but I was totally wrong!  There were tents and displays as far as you could see!  Lots and lot’s of products for your car.  Anything you could possibility want, you could find here.  Found a parking space that cost me $10.00 and then had to pay $10.00 to enter the Fairgrounds!  Did not expect that!

After entering the Show area, I called John to let him know I had arrived.  He told me how to get where he was.  After walking around, I finally met John after more than 50 yrs. have passed by.

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Here is John that I haven’t seen in so long!  He has changed quite a bit, but I could tell it was him.  We both have gotten older, but allot wiser.  We had a good greeting and then started talking about our Lives up to now and where time has gone so fast.  We remembered old times aboard ship and all the crazy things we used to do just for the fun of it all.  From throwing coke cans at the Chinese Boarder Guards and giving them the “bird” until the US Marines chased us out of the area, to the times in Sydney, Austrailia, and Auckland, New Zealand,  NGFS (Naval Gunfire Support), Japan, Okinawa, and Pearl Harbor.  We had a nice long chat.  It was good to see and talk again with a long time friend.  John lives in Niagra Falls, NY where he has been most of his life.  Divorced once, but now re-married.  Wife is in a Nursing Home.  He lives alone.  Worked for a Chemical Company for 34 yrs. before retiring.  He is about 11 min. away from the famous Niagara Falls.

Then came time for me to hit the road for the drive back home.  I enjoyed my trip to see him.  We will still chat back and forth.  Maybe next year, I’ll meet up with him again if we both survive!

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A 1932 Ford that I shot at the show.  Restored back to its original condition and a brand new paint job.  She was a real beauty to see.

Thank you.

CRYSTAL BALL

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This afternoon the weather was just as good as it has been for the past 5 day’s.  Nice, sunny, warm, and with plenty of blue sky.  It is a total welcome change from all the rain, cold, windy, and cloudy weather we have had.

Anyway, I started admiring just how Blue the sky was and thought I’d try and get my Clear Lens Ball and do some practice with it.  Had to set up my Tripod and place the camera on it and hold the Ball in the other.  Set the camera for a 10 sec. delay, so I had a bit of time to get the right position.  This was my 1st shot.  The Clear Ball is 3 in. in Diameter and a bit heavy to hold with just one hand, and keep it steady!

I took this with my Nikon Coolpix P600.  It is a great little camera that can be used for things like this.  I’m going to be playing with this more and see what else I can come up with.

Thank you.